You be You

This kid.

He has never played with a toy. At least not typically.

It sounds funny to say out loud. Maybe almost unbelievable. But it’s important to remember that he doesn’t see objects like you and I do.

He could care less about trucks and cars. He has no desire to throw a ball. Building with Legos has never crossed his mind. Make believe food for pretend picnics seems ridiculous.

He adores train magazines. The older the better. He loves books about animals. Whales and penguins. Books about things that move.

DVD’s and their cases.

VHS cases.

Bright colored paper.

Anything Thomas the Train.

Postcards.

Greeting cards.

Before I had Cooper, I thought all kids played with toys. I didn’t know any different.

And I remember, in the beginning, back when autism was just a word on a piece of paper, I’d try so hard to get him to play with me. And love trucks and balls and make believe anything.

I will not change you kid. That’s my promise to you.

Love what you love.

Enjoy what you enjoy.

I will scour eBay for magazines and thrift stores for books. We will go to stores for paper and paper alone.

I promise you.

You be you. And I will learn from you. About being ones self. Unapologetically.

Be your joyful self. I will not change you.

Finding Cooper’s Voice is a safe, humorous, caring and honest place where you can celebrate the unique challenges of parenting a special needs child. Because you’re never alone in the struggles you face. And once you find your people, your allies, your village….all the challenges and struggles will seem just a little bit easier. Welcome to our journey. You can also follow us on Facebook, subscribe for exclusive videos, and subscribe to our newsletter.

 

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